What I Stopped Doing: Improving Services to Youth by Taking On Less

Thursday, 1/21/2016
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Many library staff, especially library staff serving teens, lead with their passions for serving patrons. Many of the ideas in the Future of Library Service for and with Teens report are big ideas  -- ones that we may not be able to change quickly or on our own. How can we, as library staff serving teens prioritize, plan, give up control, and think about our work differently so that we can take on new services, discontinue other areas and avoid burn-out. Join YALSA for a webinar on how to start thinking about our work differently and join the discussion about some of our profession’s sacred cows—and how to think about them differently.


  • Learn new ways to think differently about your work serving teens within the context of The Future of Library Service for and with Teens: A Call to Action
  • Discover new ways of planning and prioritizing your work
  • Feel more empowered to discontinue or change some areas of your work

Who Should Attend

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers


Maureen Hartman



YALSA members: Free

Non-Members: Available for purchase on-demand, beginning January 17.
                        $19 for individual webinar purchase

                         $49 for a set of any three on-demand webinars

                         $99 for a group registration (ten logins) for this one webinar

Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only

How to Register

YALSA members may register for this webinar using the registration link provided in their weekly YALSA e-news. For questions regarding e-news distribution, please contact Anna Lam, Communications Specialist, at alam@ala.org.

Tech Requirements


  • Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; or Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3.x (first choice); Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8; or Google Chrome (last choice, as it occasionally interferes with speaker microphones)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later


  • 500MHz PowerPC® G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4–10.6 (Intel); Mac OS X v10.4 (PowerPC)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3x; Safari 2.x; or Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1


  • Apple devices: iOS 3 or 4, created for Apple iPhone; compatible with Apple iPad and iPod Touch (3G or 4G connection recommended)
  • Android™ devices: Android 2.2; Adobe AIR® for Android; compatible with HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid (3G or 4G connection recommended)


Adobe Connect runs off a Flash platform.  Meeting participants need to set their computer settings to allow plug-ins.


Audio for Connect meetings is provided using VOIP. Meeting participants need to have a computer headset with microphone.  Microphones and speakers that are built into computers are usable, but if they are used then other webinar participants in Connect will actually be able to hear people speaking through the computer's speakers as well as through the microphone of the person speaking, which creates an echo or makes the sound quality fuzzy. Here are some better options to explore:

  • YALSA staff use this for webinars:  http://tinyurl.com/34vueqz
  • If you have a head set you use with your phone, this may work, but you’ll want to test it out prior to any official webinar to be sure.

Test Your Connection

Conduct a test to ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in YALSA’s webinar. To do this, click on the Test Meeting Connection URL located here: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you have never participated in a webinar before, you can watch an overview of a webinar.


For registration and content questions, please contact yalsa@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.